'Just Business' vs 'Panthere'
BBN have provided viewers with all the details needed to tune in and watch Joshua Buatsi (13-0, 11KOs) vs Daniel Blenda Dos Santos (15-0, 8KOs) on the 135th day of the year.
The bout takes place on Saturday, May 15.
AO Arena Manchester.
10x three-minute rounds at light-heavyweight (175lbs).
Buatsi defends his WBA International light-heavyweight belt for a sixth time.
The ringwalks for the main event are expected from 10pm UK time, but that will depend on the undercard results.
Coverage starts live on the Sky Sports Boxing Facebook Page from 5:15pm, then Sky Sports Action (Sky Channel 407) from 6pm and finishes at 11pm.
It's also shown on DAZN in the US and everywhere except for the UK, Ireland and Australia, and you can sign up here
You can watch online via the Sky Sports website here: https://www.skysports.com/watch
BBN are providing LIVE updates on the night HERE
The event is free to view for Sky Sports and DAZN subscribers.
Unbeaten super-middleweight stylist Lerrone Richards (14-0, 3KOs) steps up to European level against Giovanni De Carolis (28-9-1, 13KOs).
The Italian is a former WBA World super-middleweight champion. He first fought for a world title in 2015, going the distance but losing to German hero Vincent Feigenbutz, but in the rematch he took the judges out of the equation and knocked him in round 11.
In his last three fights, he has won the Italian national title, the WBC International strap and defended it successfully once - all three bouts won via UD. However, his last fight was in 2019, which means he has been out of the ring for almost exactly two years.
Now training with David Coldwell, 'Sniper the Boss' Richards is making the sensible move up to European level having established himself as No.1 on the British scene. The southpaw from New Malden doesn't possess konckout power and all his titles fights have gone the full distance, but he is adamant he will secure a good win to become a world level contender.
Everything you ever need to know about Buatsi-Dos Santos can be found HERE
Joshua Buatsi vs Daniel Blenda Dos Santos was elevated to the main event following Terri Harper's unfortunate hand injury during her final sparring session, postponing her unification fight with South Korean two-weight World Champion Hyun-Mi Choi, who is currenty the longest-reigning world ruler in women’s boxing.
The 28-year-old from Croydon has stopped all of his last eight opponents. Ever since moving up past six-rounders, none of his foes have ever been able to reach the eighth-round. Since his last fight against Marko Calic last year, he has taken himself Stateside to train with Virgil Hunter, confessing to aspiring to train with him for over 10 years, having watched his fine work with Andre Ward.
Between this headlining pair, they are 28 fights undefeated with 19 KOs, so there's a good chance this fight won't reach the final bell.
This will be the Frenchman's first ever title fight and wil be seriously lacking experience against the defending champion, having never fought past six rounds before. However, the 30-year-old has power and has never lost a single round yet.
Joshua Buatsi: "In my last fight I found out that if I have to dig deep because it’s not going my way, I’m capable of doing it. That’s in the bank now. Now that I have been tested and I had to show a bit of guts, I know it’s there.
"I met Virgil Hunter at the first Joshua vs. Ruiz fight in New York in 2019. I went over to him to introduce myself and he told me he knew who I was. I told him I was going to come and train with him one day, and he said the door to his gym was open whenever I was ready. After my last fight in October I said, ‘I’m out of here’. I’ve come out here to learn more and add things to my game. The main goal is purely to come out here to gain experience and learn as much as I can. It's going really well so far.
"I wasn’t really watching a lot of professional boxing in the amateurs. I started to watch it when I was about 17 or 18. I came across Andre Ward and started watching his fights, listening out for what he was being told in the corner and stuff like that. I knew then Virgil was a good trainer. I said at the time I’d love to be trained by Virgil, but I didn’t ever think in a million years I’d be in the States training with him.
"As always, I look to go in there, and I look to handle business. I don’t really go too much into reading about opponents and their previous fights, because how they boxed someone else is not how they’re going to box me. I’ll be there listening to the instructions that Virgil is going to give me. I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to showing people what I’ve been learning out here.
"Ultimately, I’m fighting to win. We’ll be stepping up. Whoever they put in front of me, I’ll look to get rid of them and to keep building and learning."
Daniel Blenda Dos Santos: “This is the opportunity of my life; we know Joshua is a great champion and for me it’s a great opportunity – I appreciate the chance of being here.
“Boxing saved my life, a guy like me is supposed to be in jail or dead. Thank God I had the opportunity to leave prison, make a real change in my life and become a professional fighter. I changed 100% of my life, my city, everything, now all this work and dedication I’m in this place right now. I have to enjoy the moment."
Read the full quotes from the final press conference
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “I don't know too much about his opponent, but Buatsi showed in his last fight that if things aren't going his way, he can keep his head up, battle through, and find a way to win. I'm really looking forward to seeing what new developments he has made under his new trainer, Virgil Hunter. Whatever happens, I believe we'll see a very impressive, dominant performance from Joshua Buatsi. I think he'll carry on his trend of not letting anyone reach the eighth round, so I see the unknown Dos Santos - quite possibly an overmatched opponent - being stopped between rounds 3-7."
Buatsi: WBC #6; WBA #2; IBF #3; WBO #7; BoxRec #14
Dos Santos: BoxRec #123
Height: 6' 2"
Height: 6' 2"
ELLIS HOPKINS 11st 0lbs 8oz
BORISLAVA GORANOVA 11st 2lbs 10oz
SOLOMON DACRES 15st 12lbs 11oz
MLADEN MANEV 16st 9lbs 0oz
DALTON SMITH 9st 13lbs 9oz
LEE APPLEYARD 9st 13lbs 11oz
TOMMY MCCARTHY 14st 3lbs 4oz
ALEXANDRU JUR 14st 2lbs 7oz
GAMAL YAFAI 8st 9lbs 10oz
JASON CUNNINGHAM 8st 9lbs 8oz
LERRONE RICHARDS 11st 12lbs 10oz
GIOVANNI DE CAROLIS 11st 13lbs 4oz
JOSHUA BUATSI 12st 6lbs 0oz
DANIEL BLENDA DOS SANTOS 12st 4lbs 12oz
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